7. Youth; Make the choice for the narrow path to life

7. Young ones; Make the choice for the small path.pdf

An explanation of topics for a dialogue with young people; topics where young people have to deal with in their lives, with support of Scripture.
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(Matthew 7: 13-14) 13 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 

Once upon a time there was a king who had the finest robes and had everything his heart desired.
He had the most beautiful and impressive buildings built and laid out beautiful gardens, orchards and water basins, just as he wanted. Everything his eyes desired, all came. From all sides, extraordinary honor and admiration came for his achievements.
One day, he was looking from his castle at all that splendor and a remarkable thought came over him. He realized that all that extraordinary honor was only there for a limited time and therefore he could not stop expanding that magnificence.
He realized he could never be satisfied with all that toil, with all that splendor. Then he understood the futility of that pursuit of splendor, continuous honor and admiration. He compared it to grasping for the wind, which is never going to work, which is totally impossible. Wisdom came back to him and his heart opened. The creation was far more impressive and beautiful in the eyes of King Solomon, than anything he owned or had made. He had lost love for his Creator and love for his neighbors (and being good to them). He wanted those important qualities back in his life. (Ecclesiastes chapter 1-3)

(Luke 12:27) 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Theme: There is no midway, the choice for life has to be made.

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4. Stand firm in the freedom

Stand firm in the freedom.pdf

(John 8: 31-32) 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’
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No, being made free means something different than no longer being prosecuted or no longer ending up in prison. If Christians believe Jesus’ words and listen to Him, they will know the truth and through the truth they will know how to expose the lies of this world.
As Christians, we have been made free by Jesus’ words to no longer be part of this sinful world. Jesus made the one-time perfect sacrifice for our sins (Matt. 26:28, Gal. 1: 4). Christians now live free from sin (Rom. 6:18) in a new covenant and we have been made free through Jesus’ sacrifice to love our neighbor (Gal. 5:14):

(1 Peter 1: 17-19) 17 And if you call on the Father (YHMH), who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

And although we as Christians are lovingly to our neighbor, to the world we are outcasts:

(Luke 6:22) 22 Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake.

Christians will certainly be persecuted, but fortunately we have God’s blessing, support and protection because of the faith in Jesus’ words:

(2 Corinthians 4: 7-9) 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed–

Theme: Stand firm in the freedom wherewith we have been made free

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